Celebrating our Centenarians!

Imagine navigating life against the backdrop of the Jazz Age, the Great Depression, two world wars, the Space Age, the Digital Age and many other historical events. The remarkable centenarians we serve at American Senior Communities possess a wealth of knowledge and are living historical treasures. 

What a privilege it is to share their amazing stories and valuable advice. We invite you to scroll through this photo album honoring some of the wonderful Centenarians that we are honored to serve at ASC.

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Willadene Thompson

October 6, 1919

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Willadene Thompson was born in Kentucky. She gave back to her community by volunteering much of her free time and is most proud of the time she spent at The Red Bird Mission in Kentucky. Some of Willadene's other hobbies include reading her Bible, journaling and gardening. Her advice is, "Trust yourself, trust God and be honest."

Winifred McClane

July 30, 1915

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Winifred McClane never smoked or consumed alcohol. She attributes this clean living to her ability to reach 100-years-old. Her hobbies include participating in church services, listening to music and watching television. She also loves the outdoors. Mrs. McClane worked as a seamstress in Elkhart. She sewed uniforms for WACS. She was married for 36 years and has a daughter and two stepsons. Mrs. McClane’s great-granddaughter celebrated her 1st birthday on the day she turned 100.

Winnifred McClane

July 30, 1915

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Winnie is a sweetheart through and through. She always treats people gently. Because of this, she lives a blessed life. One such blessing is that her great-great-great-granddaughter was born on her 100th birthday, and she is grateful to share such a sweet bond!

Yvonne Steep

December 23, 1919

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Yvonne graduated school in Westfield at the age of 16. In November of 1938, she married her first husband, Richard Essex. They had four beautiful children together. After 56 years of marriage, Richard passed away. She then met her second husband, James Steep. On their honeymoon, they went white water rafting in Alaska. She was 79 at the time! Yvonne enjoys painting, needlework, making quilts and coloring. She is most proud of her four children, nine grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren. Her best piece of advice for living a long life is, "Don’t let your brain know your age and always try to learn something new."

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